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Wyoming primary election is state's real contest

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Many of the ultimate winners in this year's Wyoming elections will be determined in Tuesday's primary.

Democrats already have admitted defeat in the statewide races for treasurer, auditor and secretary of state in this election cycle by not fielding a single candidate.

No Wyoming Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Rep. Cynthia Lummis, the Republican who holds the state's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives

Republicans currently hold all three of the state's congressional seats, all statewide offices and control the legislature.

Incumbent Gov. Matt Mead is seeking a second term and faces Superintendent of Public Instruction Cindy Hill and Dr. Taylor Haynes, a retired urologist, in the GOP primary.

Pete Gosar, the former Wyoming Democratic Party chairman, is unopposed in seeking his party's gubernatorial nomination.


Child falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - A young girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

The National Park Service says the accident occurred Sunday morning in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The victim's name, age and hometown have not been released.

According to the Park Service, the girl and members of her family were hiking down a trail on the north side of the canyon to the Brink of the Lower Falls overlook. The agency says the child apparently stepped off the trail and lost her footing.

Her body was retrieved around noon Sunday.

The incident remains under investigation.


Police investigate funds missing from youth group

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) - Police are investigating the disappearance of up to $50,000 from Casper Youth Baseball.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports league officials discovered money was missing after getting calls about overdue utility bills.

According to Natrona County Circuit Court records, league officials discovered their bank accounts contained $52,000 but should have held more than $100,000.

Court records say league officials reported 150 unauthorized charges on a credit card and two unauthorized paychecks for a former employee.


Many boats in Jackson Hole miss mandatory checks

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Boaters in the Jackson Hole region in northwest Wyoming often disregard the state's requirement that they have their water craft inspected for aquatic invasive species.

A state Game and Fish Department report says three of the five statewide checkpoints where boaters were least likely to have their boats inspected were in the Jackson region.

A Game and Fish spokesman tells the Jackson Hole News & Guide that wardens are finding that non-motorized watercraft are the biggest problem.

In addition, boats are being missed, particularly when out-of-state visitors drive into Jackson Hole at night.

Invasive species decals are required annually for all watercraft except inflatable boats less than 10 feet long, paddleboards or other water toys.

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